Just lounging around in the TV room, watching some Samantha Bee.
You may remember my post about the BBI created Epsilon class ship. In the photos I mentioned that I would explain where I got the clothes from. Earlier this year Second Life ran a Charity Sci-fi Convention in aid of RFL. I visited it and found that one of the creators was Paxwerx. Mostly Paxwerx sells classic STO style ships, but for RFL they were selling Starfleet style uniforms.
I’ve visited the Marketplace store since then and found that they only did the classic style uniforms. I knew that the purple coloured uniforms were only available for the RFL event, but I assumed that I’d be able to get the others later. Thankfully, they’ve now extended the online range and even made some of their RFL outfits available! So head over and grab some great uniforms!
I know that there’s a bit of a theme developing over my last few posts, but I’ve just been having so much fun playing with different looks. But I think that this might be one of my favourites. I’ve been a fan of the Rocky Horror Show since I was a teenager and I think that I’ve made a good stab at a version for my Avatar.
Ethan is wearing:
Along with my SLink Body setup using the Redgrave King Skin and the standard SLink skin. So all together:
One of the items available at this month’s TMD (The Men’s Department) is a really interesting bionic arm set. It’s interesting because it’s a single arm (with or without a second hand for the opposite arm) and comes with a jacket and tee to match (which also only has one arm…).
It’s by MGMen and I popped over to the Asylum Bar on Mars in the Insilico region to grab a photo of it for you to decide whether you like the look of it yourself.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been looking for a good mature male skin. And I’ve found a couple (in case you missed it, I like the Steve and King skins). But I wasn’t enamoured with their sci-fi/fantasy potential. I’ve seen Fallen Gods Inc before (they created the breathtaking Delta at FF2016). I hadn’t considered them as an option because they were so high fantasy.
I have my default human avatar now though, and so the options for my fantasy looks are much less constrained. And that means I can enjoy myself!
I bought the Adam Mesh body last year when it was looking like classic avis were going to go the way of the dodo. But I couldn’t quite get into him, shapes didn’t work as dramatically as I was used to and the clothing options were quite limited. Sure, I had a huge amount of control over my alphas (which was a revelation), but the restrictions were just too big of a jump.
I’ve always used Android since back in the days of the G1. And I’ve always opted for the stock version. Always that is, apart from one hellish year when I used the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Touchwiz was beautiful, the phone looked great, but Samsung had locked down the options. And to update it I had to use their proprietary system Kies. Which meant plugging it into my computer.
That reminded me a lot of the Adam body and Omega appliers. I know that Omega isn’t proprietary, but it was still something in between me and the look that I wanted.
But why did you choose Adam then? It wasn’t a whim, I looked at the main ones, Aesthetic, TMP, SLink and Adam. I couldn’t see myself in the Aesthetic body as it was too bulky. Every image I saw was of some big muscle bound bodybuilder type, and it just wasn’t my idea of the way I wanted to be seen. TMP seemed a bit too different with their hud and on comparison between SLink and Adam, Adam won out on proportions.
So my Adam body sat there in my inventory while I carried on with my classic avatar. I’ve been watching the mesh bodies for a while now, and while it’s clear that Aesthetic is winning the race, SLink and Belleza aren’t giving up just yet. I’ve been using the SLink feet for a long time, because no matter how much you try, the system ankles and feet are awful!
Now finally I’ve been trying out the SLink Mesh Body and playing with the skins and appliers from Fallen Gods Inc. And I must admit that it’s been great fun. The ease of the SLink appliers and range of clothing available have made my experimentation interesting (and a little expensive!)
So here are some of the looks that I’ve acquired over the last couple of weeks. And you might be pleased to hear that I’ve also been dusting off my old Adam avatar!
(Ethan is wearing clothing by <MK>, Gabriel and Fallen Gods in these pictures. Designers that he has discussed before, but not these specific outfits. The featured image is the standard SLink skin blended into his default Redgrave King avatar.)
I’ve been trying to find the right shoes/boots for this outfit for ages and finally found that my legs work with mesh boots made for the Slink Hourglass shape. So here we go, The Vogue outfit by Champagne!
Ethan is wearing:
Vogue White Mesh Bodysuit by Champagne!
Hex Xtreme Platform Boots by .:SUGAR:. (No Alpha Provided by the way, if you’re a Classic AV)
Josh hair by Lock&Tuft @Cerberus Crossing (not in their MP Store)
Designer Tights Set 3 by Blackburns
And the pose scene is Show Boys from Come Soon Poses
I’ve been using the Steve skin for a while now and was getting a bit bored with it. So I went to the Second Life Forums for some advice and was given a couple of suggestions. As I said back in my post about the Steve skin, it’s a bit of a challenge to find a mature skin for men (it’s probably not that easy for ladies either, but as around 70-80% of the market is geared towards them, they have better odds than we do!)
So, what did I opt for? Well, I’m now moving my outfits to the King skin by Redgrave. I’m wearing the pale version, which is a little more tanned than I usually use, but I’m getting used to it. (And – although you can’t see it in the photo – the SLink appliers, which make life so much easier!) Rather than using the standard body that Redgrave offers, I went with the Ashton body by -Belleza- as it offers C/M perms and I wanted to be able to play with my shape rather than either living with clipping or just not buying clothes because they don’t fit. Something that I think shape manufacturers could consider – as mesh bodies proliferate further, it’s usually the control freaks that are staying with the system body.
In this photo I’m also wearing the Give Away Your Secrets hair by Exile, as well as my usual Holt beard and the Lightly Hairy Body/3D Hairy Chest and Arms by Jaryth’s Barber Shop.
(Links to follow when I get home and have my computer rather than my phone!)
It’s been a long while since I saw any of the SL bloggers discussing the basic Linden Labs created starter avatars. In fact, in one of the groups that I belong to there was a long discussion about even using a standard AV (as I think you all know, I like my standard AV, I find the mesh versions to be too idealised for my preferences.)
So here we go, I’ve tried on a bunch of the standard bodies so that you can see what they look like. It’s a heck of an improvement on the White Tee and Blue Jeans from back in the day… (And yes, the horse is actually part of the costume for the page riding the horse. It and the wings are ways that LL demonstrates Bento.)
If you want to give it a try yourself, just go to Me > Choose an Avatar in the menu (Standard Viewer). There’s plenty more to choose from, and they’re all actually quite low complexity too!
Here’s wishing you all the very best for the New Year from the new leSabre Press HQ in Demorgan (SLURL), where you can find the Ethan Explores & Proud Ankylosaur in-world sites, as well as Ethan’s home, and the re-starting of Liberty Alpha (which is still under construction). Expect a full tour over the coming days!
It’s that time of year again, where the grid is covered by snow, presents wait to be opened and warm wooly clothes come out. Over at Proud Ankylosaur and Ethan Explores I’ve decorated for the season and I hope that you like the results. Feel free to visit!
Ethan is wearing:
Steve Skin by Unique Megastore
Bjorn Hair by Modulus
Holt Beard by ZK Store
ReVel Designs Glasses Black by Rebellion
Mesh Mens Zip Sweater with fabric change HUD (SLURL) by Adriatic Line
Christmas beard with lights by Boyberry
My Ripped Jean (SLURL) by Monso
Mens Red Socks by M Design Menswear
Classic Timbo boots by Illi